Bang Lang Stork Garden
Bang Lang Stork Garden lies within the area of Binh Thoi hamlet, Thoi Thuan commune, Thot Not district, Can Tho city. Upon passing the north of Vam Cong, from Lo Te intersection, visitors go along the No. 80 Highway for about 80km before reaching a small canal named Bang Lang. Then you will continue to go through a bridge which is also named Bang Lang. There is around 1 km away from the main road to Bang Lang Stork Garden.
On the way to the garden, visitors will pass green rice paddies and interlacing canals.
Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen, who is often referred to as Mr. Bay Co, is the owner of Bang Lang Stork Garden. As he said, the garden was spontaneously established since 1983. It is strange that a large number of storks choose to make their home at the garden of Mr. Bay Co. At first, there were very few of them stay there. Then Mr. Bay has created good conditions so as the storks can live at his garden. Since then, Bang Lang garden has gradually been expanded with the current area of 12.500 m2 and the number of storks ranges from 100.000 – 150.000 of more than 20 species of stork.
Through many years living and watching the storks, Mr. Bay now has practical knowledge about the storks. Bang Lang Stork garden is regarded as the most special type of bird garden of the country. Visitors will be able to observe the whole stork garden at the height of 8 meters after passing through the two rainbow-shaped gates made from bamboos.
There are various species of storks living at Bang Lang stork garden including Cattle Egret, ibis, striated heron, painted stork, etc. Besides, there are other species which are not belong to species of storks making their home at Bang Lang Garden such as black-crowned night heron, little cormorant, greater coucal, heron, etc.
The most crowded type of storks is the white cattle egret which takes up 80% the total storks in the garden. This specie of storks often builds their nests at the garden from March to August of lunar year.
The main foods of them are fishes, shellfishes, tiny shrimps, locusts, insects, etc. They often fly away to find food in the early morning and come back in the late afternoon. Storks often go in couples to find foods; sometimes, they go in flock. They have to find foods all year round; however, in dry season, Mr. Bay has to offer extra food for them.
Presently, along with the development of Can Tho City, Bang Lang stork garden has more conditions to become an attractive ecological tourist attraction by the side of Hau River.